After receiving high praise for 2011’s Way of the Warrior, celebrated D&B imprint Shogun Audio recently announced a sequel to the lauded compilation, set to release on Nov 11. Aptly titled Way of the Warrior 2, the compilation sees many of the imprint’s biggest guns returning, including SpectraSoul, Icicle, and Rockwell, to name few. Other notable producers appearing on the compilation include label boss Friction, D&B vets Total Science, and recent Shogun signings Fourward and Joe Ford–two names on fire at the moment. With every producer bringing their own bleeding-edge production style, the album offers an eclectic blend of neurofunk, techstep, and liquid drum & bass, all from Shogun’s heavyweight roster of artists. LessThan3 offers a look into Shogun’s forthcoming compilation with the exclusive full-length cut of Rockwell’s tech-banger Sick of It All, in addition to a few other previews from the LP.
Rife with aggression, Sick of It All starts with an emotive vocal and hazy pads, eventually dropping into a menacing verse filled with pummeling breaks and laser-like spates. Rockwell deploys a variety of percussive devices on the track, resulting in a poly-rhythmic storm of beats and transient synth stabs. For heads seeking similar tech vibes, look no further than Joe Ford’s digitized dust-up called Stride. Stride offers a glimpse of this burgeoning producer’s talent, showcasing some of the tightest technical production in all of electronic music. The UK producer marries a chopping rhythm with a syncopated lead to form a frenetic, funk-filled workout. For a less destructive sound, jump ahead to Technimatic’s jazzier number called Bristol. Bristol is literally built from the basement up, with a Reese bassline forming the foundation of the track, while an ample serving of brass and cymbal splashes deliver a jazzy tone.
Way of the Warrior 2 is available for preorder here on iTunes and hits stores on Nov 11. Pick up the vinyl here and receive a Way of the Warrior 2 poster signed by label heads Friction and K-Tee. To check out the full tracklist and audition the rest of the of the 12-track compilation, head over to Shogun’s SoundCloud page.